Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe.
John 19:5a NLT
I had been using my photograph of a Canadian thistle as my computer screensaver for about a year.
I wanted to draw it, but somehow I always chose to do something else. One day I was trying to decide
what to draw for Easter. I turned on my computer to look through the photos I have stored there and
noticed that the arrow on my computer was pointing to a cross of thorns on my photo. I had never
noticed it before. How could I not draw the thistle?!
The question was - what should the background be? Since there was hardly any foliage on the thistle,
and the crossed thorns were a light gold, I would need something dark behind it. I thought an archway
or door might work. Then I remembered the picture I had taken in Tarragona, Spain of an archway into
a tunnel leading down to the floor of the arena in an ancient coliseum. Considering it was a Roman
archway of the first century, I thought it very appropriate for the background for this Cross of Thorns.